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February 2, 2022

Fatigue Failure Ergonomics Assessment Tools Advance MSD Prevention Strategies

Article Highlights: Fatigue Failure theory is a new ergonomics theory about how workers develop MSDs Three recently developed ergonomics assessment tools — LiFFT, DUET and The […]
July 16, 2021

New Liberty Mutual MMH Equations (2021) Added to Ergoweb Enterprise

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company has conducted numerous studies over several decades that help identify and reduce risk of injury related to manual material tasks like lifting, […]
May 13, 2020

Preparing Employees for a Return-to-Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees to stay home, and others to work reduced schedules. This extended time away from work may result in some […]
May 12, 2020

How to Set-Up and Launch an Ergonomics Process at Your Site

A step-by-step guide to planning an effective ergonomics process at a company site or facility. This is a brief summary article — for more detail and […]
February 6, 2020

How to Design Ergonomics into the Workplace

“Designing in” workplace ergonomics is viewed as an integral part of an effective ergonomics process.  Non-office workplace environments are constantly changing – and new ergonomics challenges […]
January 28, 2020

Exoskeletons and Ergonomics — What You Need to Know

Wearable exoskeletons and ergonomics are getting a lot of attention lately. Exoskeletal devices have already shown great promise and success as rehabilitation and disability solutions, and […]
December 16, 2019

Ergonomics Standards and Guidelines

Here’s a list of ergonomics standards, guidelines, regulations and compliance resources. It was last updated on January 29, 2020. The list is comprehensive, but we’ve surely […]
November 18, 2019

Managing an Ergonomics Improvement Process

Managing ergonomics at a site requires a lot of planning, coordination, and communication.  An effective ergonomics improvement initiative relies on contributions of people throughout the organization […]
November 4, 2019

How to Develop a Site Ergonomics Plan

A well constructed site ergonomics plan is critical for ensuring that everyone involved in the ergonomics process understands what needs to occur, and who is responsible […]
February 25, 2009

Medical Association Endorses Ergonomic Programs for Addressing Contemporary Economic Issues

The faltering economy, aging workforce, and uncertainties of Social Security/Medicare entitlements are headline issues. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine says ergonomic programs are part of the solution to this triple threat.
February 23, 2009

2008 Safety Index: Ergonomics Related Injuries Top Disabling Injury Costs

The 2008 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index shows the high cost to society of disabling injuries, and that ergonomic related injuries claim the biggest share of the cost
February 18, 2009

Back Injury and Disability: Researcher Expands On Work-Related Back Injury Study

The findings of a recent award-winning study,
February 16, 2009

Does Workplace Design Data Ignore Impact of Obesity?

What if workplace products, spaces and systems were a poor fit for the people who used them? That appears to be the case, according to a new research report.
February 11, 2009

Study: Physical Work Factors Dominate As Source of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A recent study examining both personal and physical risk factors revealed several specific upper extremity physical activities to be significantly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. The authors identify construction trade workers as a group at high risk for developing the disorder.
February 9, 2009

Study: Colors Red and Blue Boost Brain Performance

The color red can make people's work more accurate, and blue can make people more creative, according to a new study. Ergonomists will be among the experts watching this line of research for its potential applications to work environments.
February 4, 2009

Doctors’ Work Hour Issue Exposes Europe-United States Divide

Pending changes in a regulation governing trainee doctors working hours in Europe expose the gap in attitudes across the Atlantic to the patient safety issue of doctor fatigue.
February 2, 2009

New Study Shows Patient Safety Benefits of Ensuring Rest for Doctors

A pilot study in Britain reports that junior doctors working shorter hours make some 33 percent fewer mistakes. There's an echo of the results of a 2005 United States study, which suggests fatigued doctors might as well be drunk.
February 2, 2009

HealthCare Ergonomics Conference Announcement

Back safety expert Bill Marras, Ph.D, CPE, and director of the Biodynamics Laboratory at The Ohio State University, will deliver the keynote speech -- conference topics to include patient handling, obese patient care, patients' perspective on patient handling, and much more.